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privatejf32 at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 23 17:22:05 PDT 2006
Ok, but is there NO land anywhere in the area they could move to? I mean,
as long as they are buying land anyway, why not here?
>From: "Tom Hansen" <thansen at moscow.com>
>To: "'J Ford'" <privatejf32 at hotmail.com>, <ttrail at moscow.com>,
><vision2020 at moscow.com>
>Subject: Re: [Vision2020] (no subject)
>Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 16:28:41 -0700
>My guess, J, is that the current facility (at the North Farm), which
>maintains 200 milk cows, is too small to support 1,500 milk cows, and that
>there is insufficient space to expand the current facility.
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>From: vision2020-bounces at moscow.com [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com]
>On Behalf Of J Ford
>Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2006 4:15 PM
>To: ttrail at moscow.com; vision2020 at moscow.com
>Subject: Re: [Vision2020] (no subject)
>Why Magic Valley? Why not here, where they are already located? Why not
>just update what is here?
> >From: Tom Trail <ttrail at moscow.com>
> >To: vision2020 at mail-gw.fsr.net
> >Subject: [Vision2020] (no subject)
> >Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 15:10:32 -0700
> >>Visionaires--this article may be of interest.
> >Tom Trail
> >>Ag News
> >>Dairy industry, others, pursue new MV research center
> >>By Julie Pence, Ag Weekly correspondent
> >> Mike Quesnell, president of the Idaho Dairy Association, confirmed
> >>week that several entities, including his group, the University of Idaho
> >>and the Idaho National Laboratory are pursuing a new livestock research
> >>cener to be located somewhere in Magic Valley.
> >>By Julie Pence Ag Weekly correspondent
> >>TWIN FALLS, Idaho n Magic Valley, known as the heart of Idaho dairy
> >>country, could soon be the site for a state-of-the-art livestock
> >>Leaders in the dairy industry have confirmed that the University of
> >>along with the Idaho Dairymen's Association, the Idaho National
> >>and other entities are pursuing a dairy facility to replace the classic
> >>old-fashioned barn on the Moscow campus.
> >>The new dairy center would accommodate about 1,500 milk cows and cost
> >>about $30 million to develop over several years, said Rich Garber, who
> >>represents the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for the
> >>University of Idaho. The facility in Moscow, which accommodates only
> >>200 cows, no longer serves the current livestock industry, said Mike
> >>Quesnell, president of the dairy association.
> >>These days, Idaho dairies have thousands of milk cows on each site, and
> >>most dairies are located some 450 miles south of Moscow in a more arid
> >>climate. This new paradigm in the livestock industry has presented new
> >>challenges, and so university and dairy officials began discussions a
> >>years ago for a new research center, said Sen. Tom Gannon, R-Buhl, who
> >>vice-chairman of the Idaho Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee.
> >>"This will be the first research center of its kind," Quesnell said.
> >>mission is to study western style CAFOs."
> >>The facility would employee about 30 workers and have six or seven
> >>scientists, he said.
> >>Idaho's dairy industry, which is estimated to have generated $1.4
> >>last year, is fourth in the nation for the number of dairy cows, with
> >>about 455,000 milkers. The Magic and Treasure valleys are hubs for the
> >>style of dairies. Magic Valley has more than 315,000 dairy cows, and the
> >>Treasure Valley has about 98,000.
> >>California has by far the most dairy cows with 1.76 million dairy cows.
> >>According to Garber, Idaho is poised for another major expansion n up to
> >>25 percent, and within the next few years will move into third place in
> >>the nation.
> >>While cows numbers nationwide have declined by almost 1.1 million head n
> >>that's 11 percent - during the past 15 years, the number of cows in the
> >>West has increased by 37 percent. Eastern U.S. cow numbers have been
> >>declining, most likely as a result of specialized, high-producing dairy
> >>farms replacing the smaller farms more traditional to the Eastern
> >>region, while in 11 Western states numbers have progressively risen,
> >>industry leaders say.
> >>Garber said having a center with a herd more than seven times larger
> >>that currently at the University of Idaho will allow researchers to
> >>establish "real world comparisons."
> >>Quesnell explained: "We want to study the relationship and impact these
> >>CAFOs have on irrigated cropland, and we also want to learn more about
> >>their relationship to the soil, water and air, and most importantly, the
> >>impact they have on the human populations around them.
> >>"Obviously we are going to be studying the back end of a cow."
> >>In addition, Quesnell said, the center will offer researchers
> >>opportunities to study energy production. That explains why INL, which
> >>specializes in energy projects, is interested in participating, he said.
> >>Those promoting the center are looking for funding sources from the
> >>university, the Idaho dairy industry and the state and federal
> >>Proponents plan to approach lawmakers during the 2007 legislative
> >>to discuss funding, Garber said.
> >>At the same time, dairy leaders are discussing ideas with College of
> >>Southern Idaho for more classes to train dairy workers. For example,
> >>is a need for more welding, electrical and facility-management training,
> >>Quesnell said.
> >Dr. Tom Trail
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